August 04, 2014 // Franchising.com // DAVIE, Fla. - Dr. G's Franchising Companies, LLC, the parent company of Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness, a medically-supervised weight loss and wellness program, has signed an area directorship agreement with VIP WeightLoss Company to build Dr. G's brand and develop at least 15 clinics west of the Houston metropolitan area.
Led by Itoro Etuks and Dr. Victor Okeh, VIP WeightLoss Company will be in charge of selling franchises, as well as providing initial and ongoing support to the franchisees who operate within its territory. With a combined population of about two million, the agreement covers the cities of Houston, Katy, Richmond, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, among others.
A serial entrepreneur, Etuks has more than 14 years of experience in franchise operation, business management and finance. He has been the visionary and operator of multiple services and product offerings, ranging from technology and healthcare to tax and finance. Most recently, he operated multiple franchise locations for Liberty Tax Service in Miami, Florida, and served as president of Aviation Training Systems, assisting with the management of trainees at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Broward College's Aviation Institute.
A board certified internal medicine physician, Okeh is the co-founder of Hara Global LLC, a healthcare advocacy, research and advisory firm that assists individuals around the globe in obtaining the best healthcare-related services. He also has vast clinical experience working with patients across the country and has seen first-hand the physical and emotional toll that obesity —and obesity-related diseases - takes on many of them.
"We are very excited to bring Dr. G's to this vibrant market," said Etuks. "Houston is not only the fourth most populous city in the U.S., but it also has a fast-growing economy. In addition, it is a top destination for young professionals, who make up a large portion of our clientele. Besides being at the right place, we are also at the right time. With obesity rates climbing in Texas, the demand for safe and effective weight loss programs continues to rapidly increase. With all these key elements for success, we are confident that Dr. G's brand will be well-received in the area."
"We are thrilled to be working with Mr. Etuks and Dr. Okeh," added Charlotte Russell, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. G's Franchising Companies. "Houston is without a doubt an important market for us and this agreement with VIP WeightLoss Company is a crucial step forward in our plans to expand our footprint across the Lone Star State."
Dr. J. Mark McBath is the first doctor to be awarded a Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness franchise in the Houston metropolitan area. Focusing on general surgery and surgical oncology, he will start offering the program in mid-August at his private practice at the Woman's Hospital of Texas.
"Recent research shows the positive effects of weight loss on the reduction of cancer risk," said McBath. "Including a medically-supervised weight loss program into my practice is a logical step. Prevention is always the best strategy."
Unlike most weight loss programs where one size fits all, Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness program is tailored to fit clients' needs, taking into account their blood work, EKG, metabolic rate, body composition, behavioral history and lifestyle aspirations. Following a multi-dimensional approach, individualized plans may incorporate a combination of FDA-approved medication, proprietary herbal supplements, custom meal plans, nutritional products and detailed exercise programs to help clients lose weight and keep it off.
Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness also features SynerG Reaction™by Viora, a non-invasive skin tightening, cellulite reduction and body contouring solution.
Since its creation in 1994, Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness has helped over 125,000 patients lose more than one million pounds. With clinics across seven countries and eight U.S. states, it has rapidly become a well-recognized brand among men and women looking to shed weight in a safe and healthy way.
For more information on Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness, or for franchise ownership information, please call (800) DRG-8242 or visit www.drgsweightloss.com.
Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness program was founded by Dr. Charles Goldsmith in 1994. Over the past 20 years, he has helped over 125,000 patients lose more than one million pounds through his specialized weight loss program. The Dr. G's program is a physician-supervised medical weight loss plan that uses its proprietary software and a full medical evaluation including blood work, EKG, metabolic rate, body composition, behavioral history and lifestyle aspirations to create customized plans for safe and effective weight loss. Plans may incorporate a combination of FDA-approved medication, herbal supplements, a custom meal plan, nutritional products and detailed exercise programs to help clients lose weight and keep it off. Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness clinics are open in Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Kentucky and Arizona; and internationally in Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama. For more information on Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness, or for franchise ownership information, please call (800) DRG-8242 or visit www.drgsweightloss.com.
Dr. G's Franchising Companies, LLC spearheads the global franchise growth and operations for Dr. G's Weight Loss & Wellness, the fastest growing weight loss franchise in the nation. Led by venerable industry veterans David Lopez and Charlotte Russell, the South Florida-based company launched franchising in August 2010 and has 116 clinics open or under development in seven countries, including the United States, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama. The corporate staff at Dr. G's Franchising Companies, LLC is a well-diversified group of medical and business professionals with decades of experience in the health care, weight loss and franchise industries. The company has developed a business model that is replicable worldwide. Its streamlined franchise program provides turn-key support for owners from site acquisition, construction and design, the grand opening, and business oversight and operations. For more information or for franchise ownership information, please call (800) DRG-8242 or visit www.DrGsFranchise.com.
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